The Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks last met in Week 7, a game Seattle won 34-22 in Arizona despite some struggles on offense. Today the teams face-off with Seattle looking for the NFC West title and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs, while the Cardinals face a must-win game if they hope to make the playoffs. Arizona will have a tough slog for several reasons, most notably the game being played in Seattle’s Century Link Field, where the Seahawks have won 14 in a row. But Arizona has looked good recently, and receiver Larry Fitzgerald will likely play after last week’s concussion concerns were ruled out. You can catch the broadcast on FOX or watch Cardinals vs Seahawks free online live using one of several different tools.
In these teams’ Week 7 game, the Seahawks overcame protection issues by converting two Carson Palmer interceptions into touchdowns and sacking him seven times. Since then Arizona has gone on a tear, winning six of their last seven games as Palmer’s interception issues have dwindled and the Cardinals offense on the whole has clicked. Arizona had a scare last week when Larry Fitzgerald left the game with what appeared to be a concussion. But tests Monday and Tuesday indicated the star wide receiver hadn’t suffered a concussion, and he’s not been ruled out to play in today’s Seahawks game.
As hot as the Cardinals have played, it’s Seattle and their franchise-best record that’s been most talked about going into today’s Cardinals game. Much of the conversation has revolved around Russell Wilson, who threw for three touchdowns in the first Cardinals vs Seahawks game this season. Whereas NFL defenses have found a way to slow Wilson’s dual-threat counterpart, 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, Wilson has had much better success doing damage from the pocket. Against a Cardinals defense allowing 239 passing yards per game, that’s great news for Seahawks fans who watch Cardinals vs Seahawks free online today.
Arizona’s rushing defense is much better, allowing 83.2 yards per game, tops in the NFL. But if the Cardinals succeed at containing Wilson, the Seahawks will hand the ball to Marshawn Lynch and hope he goes into beast mode at home. One of the best running backs in the NFL, Lynch has rushed for 1,089 yards, 91 of which came in Week 7 against Arizona. In today’s Seahawks game at Century Link Field, Lynch will look to have an even bigger game. If he doesn’t, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll will use him as a decoy to buy Wilson time scanning the Arizona secondary.
Last season the Cardinals had their worst defensive performance in the Emerald City and lost to the Seahawks 58-0. The Cardinals defense is playing much better this year, and even better than they did earlier this season in their first Seahawks game in Week 7. Yet the Seahawks are getting wide receiver Percy Harvin back in the lineup, giving the Arizona defense an added challenge as they try to replace Tyrann Mathieu.
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